Zac Fox Reflection Blog

Not a Master Procrastinator

I developed this idea because of the recent traction most ski resorts have been getting during the summer with activities and events, and wanted to dive deeper. Writing this enterprise story was no small task. I typically pride myself on being a master procrastinator. This was not something that could have been procrastinated, here’s why.

First, you’re interviewing at least three people for one story. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. With a typical essay or story you have to write, you’re usually on your own schedule — at midnight with a cup of coffee in hand and a steady 50 words per minute. Whoever you choose to interview most likely has a life, an agenda, and a schedule of their own that probably doesn’t coincide with your own.

For example, I had just finished up a lunch interview with J.P. Goulet, the Marketing Coordinator for Powder Mountain. I interned last year under him at Powder Mountain, and knew he’d be a perfect fit for the story. After a long drive down Ogden Canyon and food properly settled in my stomach, it was very much time for a nap. I set my alarm for an hour, or so, until about 20 minutes in I get a call from Theresa Foxley, the CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. That was definitely not conducive to a great nap. I instantly shot out of bed, grabbed my notebook and began some vocal warmups to get rid of the tiredness in my voice — a nap-voice, if you will. She helped me get a view at the bigger picture, and statewide presence that the ski resort shift allows.

Despite being startled from a food-coma induced nap, talking to J.P. and Theresa was loads of fun. Writing this story taught me a lot. You would think a couple years in college would teach you not to procrastinate a huge assignment like this — and you would be right. Never procrastinate when you’re on other people’s schedules.

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